Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Day 36- Invisible

Today' s  post  has  been  taken  from  the  online  devotional Our  Daily Journey.The  story of Queen Esther  really  fascinates  me.  Its  about  God  working  behind the  scenes.
His face  is  hidden
His  hand  is  invisible
Yet   He  is  very  much  active  and  present  in  the  lives  of  His   chosen people, in  this  case,  the   Israelites  in captivity in a hostile  country.
I  have  lived in  and faced  hostile  situations , in  which it  was  hard  to  believe  that  I was  on  the winning  side,  but  as  things  heated  up,  God provided the  victory.And  I  want  to  testify  that I  have experienced  God  in  the   most  apprehensive  and  antagonistic state of  affairs

Invisible Hand of God

Esther 2:1-11, 16-18

The king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti (v.17).

While her mother-in-law was out of town, my friend was given the keys to her luxurious car. Later, my friend said to me, “The leather seat seems to be made just for your body shape. And the car cruises silently along the highway. Wow, such luxury is intoxicating.”

Indeed, power, wealth, fame, and pleasure can be intoxicating. With that said, I wonder what it was like to be Esther—an orphan Jewish girl living as an exile— plucked from rags to riches? She received pampering beauty treatments, had seven maids standing by, and she stayed in the best place in the harem (Esther 2:9).

The Bible is surprisingly silent about Esther’s character, however. Unlike Daniel (Daniel 1:4), for instance, nothing about her devotion to God or character was mentioned. We only know that she was physically very beautiful (Esther 2:7,15). This is most unusual, for if the Bible tells us anything, it tells us to judge a person in terms of their character—not according to their good looks.

Yet, many of us are easily inclined to view Mordecai and Esther as godly. The question is why? Why are we happy to see Esther on the throne, even though she’s the winner of a contest . . . which included sleeping with the king?

Something is drastically wrong with God’s people as represented in the book of Esther. One Bible teacher suggests: “God is not mentioned in Esther, because God is not thought of in Esther.” As we read through the book, however, we sense that His invisible hand is working through events and people to preserve His chosen nation. He’s faithful even when His people are unfaithful.

Let’s walk faithfully with our great God who providentially cares for His people—even in the midst of intoxicating pleasures that threaten to distract us.

—Poh Fang Chia

Read Psalm 101 to see how one man—who was powerful, wealthy, and famous—committed himself to walking faithfully with God.

5 Fertilize my soul:

David Edward said...

the word of God is an amazing treasury of Faith, of life lessons and the story of God rescuing and redeeming His people. I am glad your name is written in His book, and that you are part of the great story.

Terra said...

Esther risked her life and saved her people. I just read about her in a book "12 Unlikely Heroes" and her story is fascinating. I enjoyed reading your post today and glad God supports you even in great difficulties. God is good.

Carol-Ann Allen said...

So glad to have you back!
The "Hidden" and "Invisible" aspects of God are what make us walk more carefully and think more deeply!

David C Brown said...

"God’s ways are behind the scenes: but He moves all the scenes which He is behind. We have to learn this, and let Him work, and not think much of man’s busy movements-they will accomplish God’s. The rest of them all perish and disappear-we have only peacefully to do His will." John Nelson Darby

My grandparents had that on their wall.

Amrita said...

God bless you my dear friends